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Current Authors

Amanda Blake   Sarah Coffey   Amy Copeland   Madeleine Fitzgerald

Jessica Fuentes   Andrea Goins   Leah Hanson   Paulina Lopez

Lindsay O’Connor   Jennifer Sheppard   Whitney Sirois   Jessica Thompson

Emily Wiskera

Former Authors

Amanda Batson   JC Bigornia   Liz Bola   Ashley Bruckbauer   Hannah Burney

Karen Colbert   Amy Elms   Nicole Stutzman Forbes   Melissa Gonzales   Eliel Jones

Shannon Karol   Jessica Kennedy   Molly Kysar   Loryn Leonard   Jenny Marvel

Hayley Prihoda   Josh Rose   Danielle Schulz   Alex Vargo   Amy Wolf

Pilar Wong   Amelia Wood   Holly York


Current Authors



Amanda Blake

Head of Family, Access, and School Experiences
(At the DMA since 2006)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I oversee all the teaching that takes place in the Museum and work with a fantastic team to implement programs for families, visitors with special needs, students, and teachers. I am passionate about creating inclusive educational experiences for all visitors and love getting to know each and every one.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • My dog, George Costanza, and I love spending time together and enjoy going swimming, participating in therapy dog visits, and practicing agility.
  • I have a large collection of gnomes, kissing animals, and teacups that say ‘Think of Me.’
  • I love learning about different types of plants and can easily spend an entire afternoon digging in my garden.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Mink and Mannequin, Reginald Marsh, 1940
  • Odalisque (Hey, Hey Frankenthaler), Lynda Benglis, 1969
  • Untitled (Perfect Lovers), Félix González-Torres, 1987-1990

Three things on my desk…

  • Piles of papers and folders
  • A photo of my husband and dog
  • A paw print painting created by my dog and me

A Haiku about me…

Up and down the stairs
Searching for a work of art
Found—mission complete



Sarah CoffeyCoffey_small

Education Coordinator
(At the DMA since 2010)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I help the Education Division in any way I am needed, from keeping stats to strategizing emails to pitching in on special projects. I also coordinate our McDermott Internship Program, organizing and planning to ensure the interns’ time with us is well spent.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I may have been British in a prior life, because I love England, the British Royal Family, and especially the Tudor period.
  • I have a slight obsession with shoes and used them as a theme for my wedding, complete with a realistic sneaker cake.
  • I have visited the sites of two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Colossus of Rhodes. I hope to visit the rest someday!

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Cocktail Shaker, International Silver Company, 1928
  • Grey Blue & Black-Pink Circle, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929
  • Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925

Three things on my desk…

  • A small blue clay elephant made by one of my fellow McDermott Interns during the last week of our internship
  • A British flag centerpiece from my bridal shower—it was Royal Wedding themed!
  • A Doggie Gaga mini dog (with bacon footwear) from the January 2012 Late Night studio creations

A Haiku about me…

Traveling, learning
History is all around
Museums, my guide



AmyCopelandAmy Copeland

Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching
(At the DMA since 2005)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I coordinate Go van Gogh outreach in its many incarnations—the elementary school program, summer library and rec center outreach, and community festival participation. I do everything from scheduling programs and prepping supplies to developing curricula and training volunteers. I most relish the teaching that is part of my job.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I love word games—Scrabble, especially.
  • My first museum job was in a science & history museum. I worked with students in a hands-on lab, where I learned fun things like how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. (It’s easier than you think!)
  • I’m a huge basketball enthusiast and often dream of doing color commentary for NBA games on ESPN.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled, Clyfford Still, 1964
  • Un ballo in maschera, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2004
  • Jokla Series, Olafur Eliasson, 2004

Three things on my desk…

  • Dirk Nowitski bobble-head made for me by a colleague
  • More Post-Its than I will ever need
  • Large-ish, student-made sculpture of a tube of toothpaste. It was in my office when I started at the Museum and now I can’t part with it!  It reminds me of a Claes Oldenburg soft sculpture, which I love.

A Haiku about me…

Six feet tall, teaching
All around Dallas, I drive
Go van Gogh van, go



Madeleine FitzgeraldMadeleine Fitzgerald

Audience Relations Coordinator for Programming
(At the DMA since 2013)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I do a lot of odd jobs for every team in the Education department. I schedule all school visits to the Museum and Go van Gogh trips throughout Dallas. I also help plan Arts & Letters Live events and manage ticketing for all Education events.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I love gardening, but because I live in a tiny apartment, I grow lots of herbs in windowsills!
  • I’ve worked in lots of different museum departments around the state: collections, museum store, education, and special events.
  • I’ve always wanted to be Internet famous, and this blog is getting me one step closer to my dream!

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled, Clyfford Still, 1964
  • Ivy in Flower, Henri Matisse, 1953
  • Devil at the Keyboard, Willem de Kooning, 1976

Three things on my desk…

  • Lots of folders! I’m a folder fanatic.
  • Postcards from past exhibitions
  • Erasers shaped like sushi

A Haiku about me…

Surrounded by friends
In my cubicle I sit
Planning with art! Fun



Jessica Fuentes

C3 Gallery Manager
(At the DMA since 2012)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…My job involves researching future artworks to be housed in the Center for Creative Connections and developing interactives to be installed with those works of art.  I also plan the Late Night Art Bytes program, which allows me to bring together my passions for art and technology.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I have an amazing nine-year-old daughter and we enjoy collaborating on artworks and research.
  • I love to travel. My favorite country that I have visited is Uruguay and I would love to go back and live there some day.
  • I am a photographer. When I’m not creating photographic works of art, I am documenting my life through photos.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Phase of Nothingness  Water, Nobuo Sekine, 1969/2005/2012
  • Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925
  • A213 Symik, Jackie Ferrara, 1980

Three things on my desk…

  • Art created by my daughter
  • A coffee mug (tea for me) with “A Brief History of Art,” ranging from 15000 BCE – 2000
  • A small pair of 3D glasses

A Haiku about me…

Artist, teacher, mom,
I am not three, I am one:
creative expert



Andrea Severin Goins

Interpretation Manager
(At the DMA since 2012)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I work closely with colleagues in the education, exhibitions, and curatorial departments, to develop content about exhibitions and works of art in our collection. I write online teaching materials, create smARTphone tour stops, and edit wall text. I am constantly reading, researching, and learning new things!

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • If I wasn’t a museum educator, I would be an aspiring country music singer (even though I cannot hold a tune or play the guitar.)
  • My dog Artemisia Gentileschi (Artie) is named after the Baroque painter.
  • I was a vegetarian for almost twenty years, until I realized how much I loved bacon.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Genesis, the Gift of Life, Miguel Covarrubias, 1954
  • One and Three Chairs (Ety.), Joseph Kosuth, 1965
  • Four Wooden Sculptures (Vier Holzplastiken) (recto)/ Ice Skater (Schlittschuhläufer) (verso), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1912

Three things on my desk…

  • My planner
  • A yellow ceramic duck
  • A yoga frog lamp, Namaste!

A Haiku about me…

Child Andi dreamed of
Living under museum’s stairs
Art all around me



Leah Hanson

Manager of Family and Early Learning Programs
(At the DMA since 2008)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…Most days, you are likely to find me sitting on the floor in the museum galleries surrounded by toddlers and preschoolers. I play many games of “I Spy” with works of art, read pictures books, and have even made chocolate play dough, all to help young children discover art.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • My trusty sewing machine and I spend lots of quality time together—I love making aprons, quilts, and bags.
  • I was once an extra on an episode of The West Wing.
  • I can still sing the song I learned in 5th grade to memorize the preamble to the United States Constitution.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Ivy in Flower, Henri Matisse, 1953
  • The outside of inside, Olafur Eliasson, 2008
  • Window with Starfish (“Spring”) and Window with Sea Anemone (“Summer”), Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1885-1895

Three things on my desk…

  • A mason jar of buttons
  • A pile of children’s books
  • A drawing of Arturo made by one of my little friends

A Haiku about me…

Criss-cross applesauce
Eyes on me and list’ning ears
I’ve got {preschool} game



Paulina LopezLopez_small

McDermott Graduate Intern for Visitor Engagement
(At the DMA since 2015)

Me and My Job in 50 words or less…For the Center for Creative Connections, I help develop, implement, and evaluate interactive displays and educational programs for visitors of all ages. I also assist with the Museum’s Community Engagement initiatives to organize tours, educational programs and off-site activities for various community groups in the Dallas area.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • One of my favorite songs is “Let It Go” from Frozen, which I can sing (poorly but passionately) in three different languages.
  • During college I choreographed and performed with a hip hop dance group.
  • I have recurring nightmares about being back in my high school Algebra 2 class.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Phase of Nothingness – Cloth and Stone, Nobuo Sekine, 1970/1994
  • Place du Théâtre Français: Fog Effect, Camille Pissarro, 1897
  • Mosaic Mask (Iced Out), Nathan Mabry, 2013

Three things on my desk…

  • Several bags of Sour Patch Kids
  • A stack of object file folders for Mexican retablos
  • A giant letter “L” made of crayons, given to me by a student

A Haiku about me…

Where’s my phone? Oh, there
it is. Where’s my phone? Oh there
it is. Where’s my phone?



Lindsay O’ConnorOconnor_small

Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs
(At the DMA since 2015)

Me and My Job in 50 words or less…I coordinate docent training and teacher programs, developing training and touring strategies for teaching in the galleries. I believe in the power of art and design to create a deeper understanding of our world, and I am eager to help Museum audiences make meaningful connections with visual culture.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I love cooking and hosting dinner parties for friends and family. My go-to is coq au vin.
  • I adopted my dog, Hattie, shortly after moving to Dallas. We love exploring dog-friendly places in the city.
  • I make a point to travel to at least one new place each year.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Vishnu as Varaha, India, 10th century
  • Nuns at Manzanillo, Leonora Carrington, 1954
  • Magical object: wrapped horse’s head, Sumatra (Batak people), n.d.

Three things on my desk…

  • A stripy ceramic mug made by an artist friend in New Orleans
  • Stashes of dates and almonds to snack on
  • A votive painting purchased in Coyoacán after falling in love with Frida Kahlo’s collection at the Blue House

A Haiku about me…

Stop and really look
Objects will whisper to you
Time and space collapse



Jennifer SheppardJennifer Sheppard

Teaching Specialist
(At the DMA since 2016 + 2014-2015)

Me and My Job in 50 words or less…I support and help teach nearly every program we offer for families, early learners, students, teachers, and visitors with special needs, whether I’m organizing art projects in the studio, visiting schools in the Go van Gogh van, leading groups in the galleries, or managing summer camps.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I studied Kung fu for nine years, starting when I was eight years old.
  • I love learning languages! I started learning Hebrew when I was five, Spanish when I was in high school, and am trying to learn some French.
  • I think terrible jokes are the best kind of jokes. Hey, what do you get when you cross a joke and a rhetorical question?

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • The Halberdier, Ferdinand Hodler, 1895
  • Bouquet of Flowers in a Blue Porcelain Vase, Anne Vallayer-Coster, 1776
  • Elephant-head necklace, Greece, 2nd century B.C.E.

Three things on my desk…

  • Lucky squirrel foot from one of our Meaningful Moments regulars, John
  • Lots and lots (and lots and lots) of scrap paper–you never know when you’ll need some
  • A sun catcher from the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York

A Haiku about me…

Recipe today:
Teach, trade puns, repeat – I stay
Happy and busy!



Whitney SiroisSirois_small

McDermott Graduate Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching
(At the DMA since 2015)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…Teachers have been the most influential people in my life. I see my job as a facilitator of teachers—helping docents and classroom teachers be the best at their job and build on curriculum they are already implementing in their classroom. Including art in a child’s education– that is joy!

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I’m an INFJ.
  • I’m a Buddy Holly fan.
  • Harriet the Spy was my favorite book growing up, and it inspired me to write and draw in composition notebooks which I still use to this day!

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Bather with Cigarette, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, 1924
  • Traction leg splint, Charles Eames, designed c. 1941
  •  Le Divan Japonais, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893

Three things on my desk…

  • Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, lent to me by my new docent friend Evan
  • A photograph/postcard of a man holding a cake that says, “Happy Birthday Jesus and Richard,” found in Sufjan Stevens’ Silver and Gold Box Set
  • A smiling leaf, found in nature

A Haiku about me…

The last haiku I
wrote was mistaken for a
love letter. X O



Jessica ThompsonPortrait of C3 Coordinator Jessica Thompson. Photos taken on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Manager of Teen and Gallery Programs
(At the DMA since 2015)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I oversee all programming related to teens and young adults, which involves teaching teen workshops, managing our teen leadership programs, and working with community partners to give this amazing audience a voice in the Museum. Working with future artists and innovators is the best part of my job.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I’m a paper artist, and I like to make flower crowns out of sculpted card stock.
  • In another life, I’d be a film or food critic–my two great loves outside of art!
  • When I saw Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World for the first time, I started tearing up. I was 18 years old.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • and still this, Jim Hodges, 2005-2008
  • Pergamon Museum I, Berlin, Thomas Struth, 2001
  • Semiramis, William Wetmore Story, 1872-1873

Three things on my desk…

  • My trusty Honey Bunny coffee mug (be cool!)
  • An abundance of post-it notes
  • A postcard of the Baptistery of Pisa, the building I wrote my thesis about

A Haiku about me…

Five foot one, petite
Yes, i work with teenagers
No, i am not one



Emily WiskeraWiskera_small

McDermott Graduate Intern for Family and Access Teaching
(At the DMA since 2015)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I help plan and teach the various educational programs at the Museum for families and visitors with special needs. I am barely ever at my desk, but you are likely to find me in the galleries amidst a flock of energetic children or covered in paint in the studio!

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I always carry googly eyes, should the need arise.
  • I have dressed up as a character from a Wes Anderson movie for the past four Halloweens.
  • I’m an avid letter writer.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled (Perfect Lovers), Félix González-Torres, 1987-1990
  • Persian Letters, René Magritte, 1958
  • Skyway, Robert Rauschenberg, 1964

Three things on my desk…

  • A knitted pigeon (who dresses up for the holidays)
  • Pen pal society stationary
  • A detective hat and magnifying glass…just in case there are any mysteries afoot at the Museum

A Haiku about me…

Turn soft and lovely
Any time you have a chance
Make mischief daily


Former Authors


Amanda Batson

C3 Program Coordinator, 2012-2014

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Dorothy, John Singer Sargent, 1900
  • Orange, Red and Red, Mark Rothko, 1962
  • Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life, John Alexander, 1988

JC Bigornia

C3 Program Manager, 1999-2015

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled (big/small figure), Tom Friedman, 2004
  • Untitled #21, Karel Funk, 2006
  • Murnau, Burggrabenstrasse 1, 1908, Wassily Kandinsky, 1908

Liz Bola

McDermott Graduate Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching, 2014-2015

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Sarah Sherburne Langdon, John Singleton Copley, 1767
  • Eastport, and Passamaquoddy Bay (View of Hudson Valley), Thomas Chambers, 1840-60
  • Three Men Walking, Alberto Giacometti, 1948-49

Ashley Bruckbauer

McDermott Intern for Programs and Resources for Teachers, 2010-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Along the Seine, Winter, Childe Hassam, 1887
  • Portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier, Édouard Manet, 1879
  • Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening, Piet Mondrian, c. 1916 (Reprise of a compositional Series from 1905-1908)

Hannah Burney

Community Teaching Programs Assistant, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Shiva Nataraja, India: Chola Dynasty, 11th century
  • Portrait of a Young Woman, Amedeo Modigliani, 1916-1919
  • Seasickness at the Bal, on Board an English Corvette (Le mal de mer, au bal, abord d’une corvette Anglaise), Francois-Auguste Biard, 1860s

Karen Colbert

McDermott Intern for Teaching Programs, 2010-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Anna Cooper Lawrence, Annette Lawrence, 1997
  • Soul Three, Romare Bearden, 1968
  • Sleepy Baby, Mary Cassatt, 1910

Amy Elms

McDermott Intern for Visitor Engagement, 2013-2014

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Art Beauty Shoppe, Isaac Soyer, 1934
  • Genesis, the Gift of Life, Miguel Covarrubias, 1954
  • The Icebergs, Frederic Edwin Church, 1861

Nicole Stutzman Forbes

Chair of Learning Initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art League Director of Education, 1999-2015

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Electrolux “Model 30” Vacuum Cleaner, Lurelle Guild for Electrolux Corporation, designed 1937
  • Wall panel with figure of a slain shaman, Indonesia (Mentawai Islands), c. 1900
  • Untitled, Clyfford Still, 1964

Melissa Gonzales

C3 Gallery Manager, 2002-2015 + 1998-1999

Favorite three works in the DMA… Do I have to choose?

  • The world won’t listen, a video installation by Phil Collins, 2007
  • Ugolino and His Sons, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1860 (cast in 1871)
  • Untitled (big/small figure), Tom Friedman, 2004

Eliel Jones

McDermott Intern for Visitor Engagement, 2014-2015

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • the world won’t listen, Phil Collins, 2007
  • Youth, Nic Nicosia, 1986
  • One and three chairs, Joseph Kosuth, 1965

Shannon Karol

Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs, 2007-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Art Beauty Shoppe, Isaac Soyer, 1934
  • Cathedral, Jackson Pollock, 1947
  • Helmet Mask (mukenga), Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century

Jessica Kennedy

McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Celestial Centerpiece, Robert J. King, designer; Albert G. Roy, maker; International Silver Company, manufacturer; 1964
  • Ice Cream Hatchet, Gorham Manufacturing Company, c. 1880
  • Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925

Molly Kysar

Head of Teaching Programs, 2000-2010

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • The Countess of Montsoreau and her Sister as Diana and an Attendant, Nicolas de Largillière, c.1710-14, the Rosenberg Collection
  • Martelé dressing table and stool, William C. Codman for Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1899
  • Vishnu as Varaha, India, 10th century

Loryn Leonard

Coordinator of Museum Visits, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • That Gentleman, Andrew Wyeth, c.1960
  • Two-handled Dish and Spoon, Charles R. Ashbee, c.1901-1906
  • Chest of Drawers, Japan, c. 1600

Jenny Marvel

Manager of Programs and Resources for Teachers, 2002-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Drought Stricken Area, Alexandre Hogue, 1934
  • The Icebergs, Frederic Edwin Church, 1861
  • Tennessee Stone Ring, Richard Long, 1984

Hayley Prihoda

McDermott Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching, 2013-2014

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1909
  • Skyway, Robert Rauschenberg, 1963
  • The First Thorns of Knowledge (Les premieres epines de la science), Hugues Merle, 1864

Josh Rose

Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs, 2014-2015 & 2004-2008

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop, Honoré Daumier, c. 1860-63
  • Untitled (Perfect Lovers), Félix Gonzélez-Torres, 1987-90
  • The Crossing, Bill Viola, 1996

Danielle Schulz

Teaching Specialist, 2012-2015

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • That Gentleman, Andrew Wyeth, 1960
  • Pair of Lokapalas (Heavenly Guardians), Chinese Tang dynasty, c. 700-750
  • Untitled (Toothpicks), Tara Donovan, 2004

Alex Vargo

McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching, 2012-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Seated Figure on Square Steps, Henry Moore, 1980 (and the other Henry Moore maquettes)
  • Phase of Nothingness – Water, Nobuo Sekine, 1969/2005/2012
  • Whistling Boy, Frank Duveneck, c. 1870s

Amy Wolf

Coordinator of Gallery Teaching, 2009-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Along the Seine, Winter, Childe Hassam, 1887
  • Aria after the Ballet, Edgar Degas, 1879
  • Cabinet on stand, Pierre Gole, 1660-1680

Pilar Wong

McDermott Intern for Community Teaching, 2012-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck, c. 1905
  • Bathers, John Marin, 1932
  • Pamet Road, Wellfleet, Hans Hofmann, 1963

Amelia Wood

McDermott Intern for Family and Access Teaching, 2013-2014

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Orange, Red and Red, Mark Rothko, 1962
  • Skyway, Robert Rauschenberg, 1964
  • Helmet Mask (mukenga), Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century

Holly York

McDermott Intern for Family Experiences, 2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled (Yellow Table on Green), Hans Hoffman, 1936
  • Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck, c. 1905
  • Window with Starfish (“Spring”) and Window with Sea Anemone (“Summer”), Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1885-1895
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